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Acquisition of Distressed Businesses and Assets

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Produced on February 28, 2017

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Distressed companies and assets often present appealing investment opportunities for strategic and financial buyers alike. However, the acquisition of a distressed company often raises a host of legal and business risks that are not typically found in the acquisition of a healthy, solvent company. These risks include, but are not limited to, unwitting acquisition of the target company’s business obligations, fraudulent transfer liability and potential successor liability. Some acquisition methods are designed to reduce legal liability, but they are typically more expensive and require the potential acquirer to assume execution risks. Therefore, potential purchasers must be aware of the legal and strategic advantages and disadvantages that are inherent in each method of acquiring distressed companies.

Wayne H. Davis  and Michael J. Riela, who are partners in the Creditors’ Rights and Business Reorganization practice group at the law firm of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, will discuss the most prevalent ways of acquiring distressed companies and assets, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Wayne and Michael will discuss business considerations, as well the relevant legal issues.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the legal and strategic advantages and disadvantages of various methods of acquiring distressed companies

  2. Grasp the process of traditional M&A
  3. Understand bankruptcy sales under Bankruptcy Code Section 363 as well as under a Chapter 11 Plan
  4. Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of “Loan to Own” investments
  5. Address the advantages and disadvantages of foreclosures

Credit Information

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Wayne H. Davis

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

As head of Tannenbaum Helpern’s Creditors' Rights and Business Reorganization Practice, Wayne Davis represents investment funds, financial institutions and corporate clients as secured and unsecured creditors, domestic and foreign institutional and corporate lenders in loan transactions, loan workouts and corporate restructurings, and institutional, corporate and partnership clients in mergers, acquisitions and securitization transactions.

Wayne's practice also includes the representation of investment funds and institutional creditors and acquirers and sellers of distressed businesses, assets, securities and claims.

Michael Riela

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Michael Riela advises clients in complex corporate restructuring and bankruptcy matters. He has in-depth experience in advising clients in corporate and real estate Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, M&A transactions involving distressed sellers, debtor-in-possession (DIP) and bankruptcy exit loan facilities, secondary market trading of distressed debt and trade claims, and insolvency-related litigation. He has particular experience defending complex preference and fraudulent transfer cases, and with handling professional retention and fee dispute matters in bankruptcy cases.  Michael’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice spans across numerous different industries, though much of his recent work is focused on the staffing, real estate, construction, retail, technology, and cannabis industries.


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Jason G.

Clear explanation of a complicated topic. Got a great sense of the pros and cons of different strategies for confronting an insolvent company.

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